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SpaceX slow to break into military satellite launches
SpaceX slow to break into military satellite launches

Things aren't going as smoothly as SpaceX might hope in its quest to secure the US Military as a client.

Finally - NZ's own space plan

New Zealand will have its own space programme by 2015. Rocket Lab is building a world-first launch vehicle in Auckland…

Russian geckos going at it in space despite glitches

An orbital sex mission by five Russian geckos has gone from lust in space to lost in space.

Lizard 'sex satellite' lost in space

At this very moment, a Russian satellite full of geckos -- (possibly) having sex -- is floating around in space -- and mission…

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Glasgow: Kiwi double Silver video Glasgow: Kiwi double Silver

New Zealand made it double silver at Hampden Park…

Rocket Lab - NZ satellite launch pitch video Rocket Lab - NZ satellite launch pitch

NZ company Rocket Lab hopes to launch a locally-based…

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NASA has no money for big rockets
NASA has no money for big rockets

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal…

As humans multiply, bugs decline and violence grows
As humans multiply, bugs decline and violence grows

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans…

Earth survived solar storm near-miss
Earth survived solar storm near-miss

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern…

Astonishingly little water on distant planets
Astonishingly little water on distant planets

A study of unprecedented detail has revealed astonishingly little water on three distant planets, hinting at potential obstacles…

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Alien life? Pollution could provide the answer
Alien life? Pollution could provide the answer

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said this week that hunting…

Remotest parts of an elliptical galaxy examined

Astronomers said this week they have examined the remotest parts yet of an elliptical galaxy, Centaurus A, and discovered…

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars…

Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on moon?

On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since…

Britain planning spaceport
Britain planning spaceport

Britain is to build a commercial spaceport that will be used to launch manned missions and commercial…

Supermoons delight for skywatchers

Stargazers are beaming at the prospect of an unusual supermoon phenomenon this year.

The galaxy running out of star fuel

A galaxy more than 12 billion light years from Earth is heading for a "red and dead" future because it is running out of…

Where did 80 per cent of the universe's light go?

Astrophysicists are mystified after concluding that 80 per cent of the light in the universe appears to be missing.

Pair of Earth-like planets don't exist

US scientists have said two distant Earth-like planets, which some believed might be able to harbour life, do not actually…

Kiwis help discover Earth-like planet
Kiwis help discover Earth-like planet

Kiwi astronomers have played a role in the discovery of an Earth-like planet whose peculiar orbit stands…

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